A Lot of Reviews Coming Up!

I finished quite a few books when I was poolside for a while. I also did a lot of reviews that were pending. I have scheduled most of those that haven’t been posted yet. Take this as fair warning that they are all going to pop up suddenly. I am still single digits behind, but I hope to be ahead soon, since school starts up at the end of August. It’s going to be here soon!

Is It Worth Reading?

Is it worth reading?

I tend to recall what I read. I may not remember the author’s name or the exact title of the book, but I can remember general plots and with a few reminders, I’ll get it all.

The author of the above linked article is not the same type of reader that I am. She forgets it soon after she reads it and is musing about whether or not she should even bother to read if she is going to forget anyhow.

I think that I would read even if I forgot the plot. Losing myself in the words of someone else for a while is a great stress reliever. Even if I can’t recall the details, I have been lost in the book and I think that’s worth it.

I know that the article’s author feels the same way – that it is worth reading – but her reasons are different than mine. Her reasons are no less valid than mine. It’s definitely worth reading.

A note I received…

Is anyone interested in helping this author by reviewing her books? Send me your contact info and I will gladly share her information.

“Thank you so much for reading/reviewing my children’s books last year.

I’m running an ad in Publishers Weekly’s children’s book edition next month and trying to build more reviews (Amazon, Goodreads or social media posts) 🥰

If you know avid readers, parents or teachers who might be interested in reviewing my books, could you please share my information?”

Catching up from October

I went back to look at my posts from each month this year. Wow. I really slipped in October. I hadn’t been doing much reading, but I did manage to get to finishing book 89/100, so I’m not doing too bad.

I did find that I have several posts started, and just not published. So, that will be on this week’s agenda. Now that I’m done with midterms and I’m well into my final paper for two classes, I have a little bit of time. Time to play catch up!

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked up this book because of bookclub, but I didn’t finish in time to discuss it. I was not too sure about the topic, because of the way it was presented to me.

I loved the book! It was written from the perspective of two different women, with two different outlooks. Some of it came from race, but I feel the majority of it came from class. 

One woman was raised in a culture where your talent was recognized, not how much money you could make. The other was raised with money. One felt that each person was living their own life. The other felt that if you weren’t excelling, you needed a push. 

It was a wonderful book with great characters and a solid storyline. I enjoyed almost every moment of it. It was definitely worth reading. 

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If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up for bookclub. I hadn’t realized that the book was originally published so long ago that it pops up under modern classics. 

When I was reading it, I was struck by how much of the story is still very relevant today. It is a hard story to read, but I hope to get to the movie someday. 

I enjoyed the book and I would definitely recommend reading it. I was not so thrilled with the ending, which is why I didn’t give it 5 stars. 

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You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! I picked it up because it was available at the library. I found that it had a lot of good information in it.

One of the things that I loved was that the author made it clear that this is her opinion, and she is not speaking for all black women. Just herself. Also, when there came a time to tell the white person part of the story, she chose to have a white person write that part, since she felt she couldn’t give it justice.

Great information was given in a humorous way. I would definitely recommend this book.

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You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain